crest of the hill in advance of the Federals.
Finding the enemy in secure possession of the coveted position, Stuart placed his battery in the Centreville Road some five or six hundred yards distant from the Federal Artillery.
This battery was placed behind a slight swell of ground, the muzzles of the guns just clearing this slight elevation.
It came into action at once and poured a heavy fire into the ranks of the Federals, but this fire did little execution, being aimed too high.
Captain Easton, in command of the Federal battery, had no other target than the rising smoke, yet training his guns on the point where he thought the opposing battery ought to be, at the third fire he completely disabled the enemy's guns.
One gun was put out of action, a caisson was exploded, and many men and horses of the battery were killed, while many more were dangerously wounded.
General Stuart, in his report of the battle, wrote: Every shot of the enemy was dealing destruction on either man, li